Pune varsity apologises after query on ‘jihad’ creeps in exams

PUNE: The Savitribai Phule Pune College (SPPU) authorities late on Wednesday tendered an apology after weird questions on ‘jihad’ terror crept within the on-line papers of TYBA and TYBCom examinations, officers mentioned right here on Thursday.

The query in each Marathi-English figured within the multiple-choice choices of TYBA Fashionable World Historical past paper and TYBCom. Defence Budgeting paper, stumping the scholars.

The TYBA query reads: “Jihad is an instance of what kind of terrorism?” with choices “Spiritual, Revolutionery, Political, State-Sponsored”.
The TYBCom query mentioned: “Which one of many following is the principle explanation for Jihadi terrorism?” with the alternatives “Globalisation, Unfold of Communism, Armament Proliferation, Use of violence within the identify of Islamic radicalism”.

Each questions stumped college students and lots of instantly introduced it to the varsity authorities and even took to social media.

One such scholar Hashim Ansari mentioned that although there’s a matter on terrorism within the Fashionable World Historical past topic, there may be nothing pertaining to the way during which the query was framed within the TYBA examination, and others questioned the relevance of the query for the TYBCom exams.

Regardless of repeated makes an attempt by IANS, SPPU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Nitin R. Karmalkar and Registrar Prafull Pawar weren’t obtainable for feedback.

Following a furore, the varsity issued an announcement admitting {that a} “mistaken phrase” had inadvertently crept into the query paper.

“The administration expresses its remorse for a similar. The particular person heading the committee, which ready the query paper, has been requested to provide an explanation for the identical and the individuals involved have been reprimanded,” in accordance with the assertion.

Ansari and others mentioned that even the SPPU’s apology is half-hearted because it has not clarified on the phrase ‘Jihadi’ within the mischievously framed questions with “main” a number of choices geared toward a selected faith.

“We’re demanding that the college should situation a correct apology, take robust motion towards these liable for this mischief in a time-bound method, and chorus from concentrating on the scholars who raised the problem,” Ansari mentioned.

Subsequently, the SPPU authorities claimed that even after the apology, some ‘doctored photos’ have been being circulated on the social media for which separate motion is being initiated.

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